Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI:

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Clark describes his share of struggles that he and other members dealt with, as a part of Duke Ellington's orchestra band. Duke Ellington had a peculiar way of handling chaos. Clark Terry describes many instances where Duke excluded himself whenever he wanted. There were times when Duke even had to fire people and he did not hesitate from doing so. He also had his way to deal with racism, out of which, he and the other band members had no way out. To deal with racism himself, there were lots of fund-raisers, celebrations, and special events that Clark played for free. As he describes, it wasn't easy to fit these into his hectic schedule, but it was the least he could do. He was able to manage his hectic schedule most of the time but the only thing that sometimes disappointed him was long periods of separation from his family because of traveling tours with Duke.

Keywords: Clark; Duke; racism; traveling tours; fund raisers

Chapter.  1810 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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